My colleagues and I went out on a limb yesterday when we wrote an op-ed piece saying that teacher unions were in trouble. So I watched the news last night with a worried eye after CNN told me that the exit polls in Wisconsin showed a tight race.
How very refreshing, even exhilarating, the inclusion of superintendents and boards in a results-based accountability system.
As was widely reported Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday. The Times called it a “coveted endorsement”—and indeed it is, no matter how much fun Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich had at poor Eric Fehrnstrom’s expense.
Does the reality match the rhetoric?
Last night, by overwhelming margins, the Rhode Island legislature passed what may be the nation’s most comprehensive state public employee pension reform ever.
The problem is that local school boards can’t wait around for the folks who have caused our cancers to cure them.
Since May, the leader of the Recovery School District, the state agency that now runs most New Orleans schools, has been John White, a 35-year-old Teach for America alum who had been serving as a deputy chancellor in New York City.
Potentially thousands of leaders capable of managing successful school turnarounds work outside education, in nonprofit and health organizations, the military, and the private sector.
Almost everyone who cares about revitalizing American primary-secondary education senses that many of its fundamental structures are archaic and its governance arrangements dysfunctional. Yet any effort to address those problems typically leads either to a glazed look on the visage of the putative audience or else to eye-rolling and shoulder-shrugging.
The defense of “the school board as we know it” just got dramatically weaker. And Anne Bryant’s place in the pantheon of impatient reformers just got more secure.
The shortcomings of elected local school boards are only the most obvious of the many problems of education governance in the United States in 2011.
With Steiner’s sudden resignation, will the state continue its Race to the Top?
How persuasive is it?
School reform both exhilarated and imperiled by success
Writing last week in the Wall Street Journal, Diane Ravitch challenged resurgent Congressional Republicans to return K-12 education to “local control” and to repudiate and reverse the nationalizing/federalizing tendencies of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core standards, etc.
If the feds get tough, Race to the Top might work
Review of William Ouchi’s The Secret of TSL
Review of Gerald Grant’s Hope and Despair in the ?American City
How vouchers came to the Big Easy
Hispanic student success in Florida
Reformers in New York’s capital have brought high-quality charter schools to scale, giving hope to a generation of disadvantaged kids.
When the snow falls, test scores also drop
Not as bad as it sounds
Lawmakers threaten D.C. scholarships despite evidence of benefits
What doesn’t get taught at ed schools?